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With Liberty, Saggeth and Prizehog for All!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 4, 2012 10:49am | Post a Comment
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If a house is not a home without a pot to piss in then surely a city is not a cosmopolitan cultural destination without a local, world-class cover band. In the case of San Francisco we have Bobb Saggeth - the best Black Sabbath tribute act on earth what plans performances in concert with major calendar celebrations!
SO! If you're in San Francisco and you want to celebrate America's birthday splash into independence in style this July 4th get on down to the Elbo Room and be there by 9m if you wanna catch the album release show of SF's own sludge-rockin' skull-crushing trio Prizehog. $8 at the door --- when was the last time the promise of hard partyin' patriotism presented itself at cost far below the price of a severed limb?

Plus, they always play "A National Acrobat" which is not only the greatest song Sabbath ever birthed but a song held high in the ranks of contenders for the inter-continental championship title for  greatest song ever!

I shot this little vid a couple of Hallowe'ens ago at Bobb Saggeth's debut show. I'd apologize for the footage being muggy and more than slightly unstable composition-wise but those atmospheric aspects really only attest to how great a rock show these five put on:

"OH! What a WONDERUL Kiki!"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 23, 2012 12:47pm | Post a Comment
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O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave, so gallantly streaming the June rainbow flags wave! This month we celebrate all the gifted, marvelous people who have made and continue to make America a land worth defending and yet have never really held their own rights to living open and free in the homeland.

I would hope that we could finally see a close to the racial, sexual, and social divides that plague the Union within our lifetime. Every June we look back in remembrance with a mind to looking ahead for progress -- I say we keep them love lights burning all year long!

And if anything gets in your way, follow the example found on Magic Hour, the Scissor Sister's latest record, and have yourselves a right proper kiki. What on Earth is a kiki? The Videodrome Discotheque presentation that follows, featuring the Scissor Sisters' "Let's Have A Kiki", is stacked front to back with instructive ideas for your next kiki super-sesh whether it be your first kiki or your final frontier. Be on the lookout for examples sampled from some of the best camp 'n vamp cult classics!


Grass Widow New Music Video Phones Home from the "Goldilocks Zone"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, June 8, 2012 02:22pm | Post a Comment
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Given all the attention paid to happenings in sky of late (Venus in transit and eclipses 'n things) it seems only fitting that SF wundergirl trio Grass Widow would take the magic of their melodic, DIY post-punk harmonies to the final frontier in their new video for "Goldilocks Zone" from their new album Internal Logic (out on Grass Widow's own HLR label) Directed once again by Grass Widos bassist, vocalist and visionary auteur  Hannah Lew the video's aesthetic channels low-budget sci-fi flicks of yore with a fondness reminiscent of some of Mystery Science Theater 3000's better space jams (this one in particular).

 
 

If you're a Grass Widow completist,  like me, contact your local Amoeba Music to check out our range of new and previously played Grass Widow offerings and don't forget that you can request a mail order via Amoeba.com to shop our selections from any corner of the globe. Every bit of everything these ladies have recorded makes for bomb-ass home listening, especially when playing friends. If you need to get your Grass Widow fix ASAP here's a parade of marvelous music videos to get your motor runnin'.

3 Leafs & A Syrian Wedding Singer: Live!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, May 31, 2012 12:09am | Post a Comment
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It's been almost a year since I first experienced the magic of Omar Souleyman's Syrian wedding party zone stylings, a right sweaty body-rockin' that I'd thankfully pay good money to re-live any day. As luck would have it the time is nigh! Souleyman once again takes the stage at the Mezzanine in San Francisco this coming Friday night and this time SF's very own warlocks of guru-level womb-rock, 3 Leafs, will be opening up this can of intergalactic whoop-ass. Get your tickets here and don't forget to get up, and get down down down...shoulders out. Need a visual? Feast your eyes:
 
 

Cinema Exotica: Green Mansions (1959)

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, May 18, 2012 12:23am | Post a Comment

From here we embark upon a new adventure in film.

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I've spent countless, happy hours fantasizing the paradisiacal ideal while imbibing perilous quantities of rum disguised as exotic cocktails courtesy of my favorite local tiki temple --- an activity that always serves to spur my desire to explore the visions of other folks who, like me, possess a natural inclination for romanticizing the genre Exotica in all it's mythic and delightfully bogus configurations. Specifically, a designated fantasy realm as glamorized almost as much as it is spoofed by the so-called civilized world, or tropical ersatz: the non-native, pseudo experience of Oceania and other enticing ports of call.

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Until now I've kept these mental meanderings mostly to myself, only occasionally sharing my ruminations with whomever occupies a bar stool nearby and all the while becalmed beneath the warming fog of grog. From this day forward, however, I seek to nourish my untiring preoccupation with genre by delving into a more conceptual, considerate means of satisfying these vivid tropical itches I keep having. The time has come to put some sober thought into this journey beyond the music in favor of a more lively, animated intoxication I like to call Cinema Exotica (not to be confused with that mid-nineties Canadian film about a Toronto strip club).

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But where do we begin? Perhaps with a question: if Exotica, the musical genre, provides the adventure-seeking listener an array of quasi-tropical aural impressions with which to induce a mini mental holiday, then how would these cerebral spells manifest if they could be fully realized? That is to say scripted, financed, and committed to film for the ages. Mulling this query has inspired a sort of personal silver-screen safari: my quest to find films that I feel qualify for classification into a logical Cinema Exotica film genre -- a genre that doesn't really exist as far as I can surmise. I mean, research suggests that the words have more to do with adult entertainment than anything else (google it any way you can and see what I mean).

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